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New web designer looking for advice.

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3:11 am on Apr 24, 2005 (gmt 0)

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hi my name is tom
thankyou for accepting me into your forum i am currently developing a website is there any tips or must do's any of you can recomend to me.
have been browsing through the forums and see i have got a very long way to go but i am keen to learn and have a will to succeed so any advice you can give is much appreciated i am currently designing the site in wyswyg? and slowly getting there i am not expecting to have anything online for a good few months but thought i should start learnin some tough stuff now i have many ideas buzzing around in my 19yr old head and want to get them published. hope i can be relating to you all soon.
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Hi youngkeen, Welcome to WebmasterWorld.

At the start it all seams very daunting, but as you said you are keen to learn and have a will to succeed. That is the first major problem solved. A lot of what we do isn't rocket science. It's just sheer determination and the will to get there. Your first site is your first learning step. You will quickly learn new tricks and new ways of doing things. What you will find is that every site you build becomes just that little bitter better than the one before it. You may only build one site, but you can believe you will make a lot of changes to it over the years.

This game is all about finding what works and what doesn't. Very often what works on one industry wont work in another. The key is practice. Read up on the latest issues and see what you can do to take advantage of them. Eventually you will have a firm grasp of the basics and will be able to start to really explore new avenues.

It take a week to become a web designer. It takes a lifetime to become an experienced one :)

Mack.

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thankyou mack
i was using a wyswyg editor called nvu which i found was good but had a few bugs in it but it is a beta version i have now moved to frontpage just want to enter this world instead of the boring 9-5 i am ready to retire from it now lol
will keep reading up cheers for the advice
youngkeen
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You will probably read a lot of users on here who say "don't use FrontPage" To be honest I tend to disagree. If you're comfortable with using it just stick with it. Your choice of tools is all about what works for you.

One thing I would recommend you do is click on the HTMl tab often just to allow you get used to how html works. This will be of great benefit to you as time goes by.

Mack.

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I concur with Mack about becoming familiar with HTML. I would take one step further. Learn basic HTML. It's really not that hard and all you need is Notepad, a browser and a little instruction to get started. The web is loaded with great sources of information about HTML.

Theoretically with wysiwyg editors like Frontpage (which is what I use) you don't need to know HTML. But if you really want to design nice web sites it's nothing short of invaluble, especially in the long run.

<b>Best of luck!</b>

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i am going to take up your advice i am getting some help from someone with the site and he knows what hes talking about i am going to get some html tutorials to learn a bit more on html and use macks advice of looking at the code in frontpage just so much to learn its like a whole new language but am sure i can get there eventually will definetly be sticking around here and browsing the forums i am sure i can learn alot from here
thanks youngkeen
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youngkeen, welcome to WebmasterWorld and your new obsession...I mean hobby. ;)

I don't want to give advice that moves too fast for you, but just to cast your eyes alittle bit ahead, my biggest piece of advice for someone coming into this fresh is to learn CSS (cascading style sheets) as soon as you've got basic HTML firmly under your belt.

CSS is a way to take basic, simple HTML code and style it to appear on the browser screen however you wish. There are ways to do this directly with HTML, but they are outdated and extremely limited in what they can do (and also, unfortunately, what many WYSIWYG editors use to build your page). CSS is an extremely powerful way to control the appearance of a web page. Every web designer should, and nearly all do, use it in some capacity.

But the main thing is that coming into the field new, you will set yourself up for early "mastery" (as if we can every have that) if you build a knowledge of this powerful coding language into your education now. Many designers who have used other methods of controlling page appearance for years find themselves with a much steeper learning curve to overcome when trying to switch to CSS. Personally, I learned using CSS to layout and style pages right from the start, and as such I think I have a much easier time than many at making it work.

Obviously, you need to have the very basics down first: HTML, basic web structure, linking, etc. But once your feet are firnly on the web in that regard, start learning the basics of CSS next. If you stick with web design into the future, I promise you won't regret it.

Nice to have you onboard!

cEM

 

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